When you crave chocolate but don’t want to eat the stuff filled with artificial ingredients sold in stores, try my 8-Minute Candy Bars from the Food Babe Kitchen cookbook. They are fast, fun, easy to make, and portable. You can prepare 12 organic candy bars in just a few minutes. To show you how quick, watch me make them in record time on Fox 46 Charlotte:
This is what these yummy candy bars look like when they’re all done:
To make them, you’ll only need about 8 minutes and a bag of organic chocolate chips, brown rice cereal, almonds, vanilla extract, and sea salt.
Like all of my recipes, the most important thing is the ingredients that you choose!
Make sure you don’t use Kellogg’s Rice Krispies! You’ll want to use an organic brown rice cereal or puffed quinoa.
Kellogg’s isn’t organic and they add “malt flavor” and a slew of synthetic vitamins to Rice Krispies. Plus – let’s not support a company like Kellogg’s who makes cereals for children filled with artificial colors, BHT, refined sugar, and all kinds of controversial ingredients.
Vote with your dollars and support companies who are doing the right things. Good organic cereal brands to make these candy bars:
- 365 Organic Brown Rice Cereal
- Nature’s Path Organic Rice Puffs Cereal
- One Degree Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps
- Barbara’s Organic Brown Rice Crisps
The brand of chocolate I love to use to make these is Hu Dark Chocolate Gems.
They are made with only 3 organic ingredients and no white sugar, which is a zillion times better than most other brands.
I like to use organic coconut sugar instead of white sugar when I’m baking treats. That’s because it is a perfect 1 to 1 substitute for any recipe that calls for regular old sugar. One of the big pluses of coconut palm sugar – it’s completely unrefined and not bleached like typical refined white sugar, helping to preserve all of its teeming vitamins and minerals. It is naturally high in amino acids, potassium, magnesium, and iron. You can’t say that about regular old white sugar!
To make perfectly shaped candy bars, I set them in a non-toxic silicone mould that holds 8 candy bars. If you don’t have one of those, make them on a 8 x 8-inch baking pan lined with unbleached parchment and simply cut them into bars when they are set.
- 12 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup brown rice cereal or puffed quinoa
- 3⁄4 cup almonds or peanuts chopped, divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Place 1 cup of water in a small pot over medium heat.
- Set a heatproof bowl on top of the pot, creating a double boiler.
- Add the chocolate to the bowl and stir until melted and warm to touch.
- Take off the heat and mix in the cereal, 1⁄2 cup nuts, vanilla extract, and sea salt. Stir well to combine.
- Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch baking pan lined with parchment; smooth the top. Sprinkle the remaining 1⁄4 cup nuts over. Refrigerate just until firm enough to cut but not completely set, about 1 hour.
- Lift the chocolate from the pan using the parchment as an aid. Cut into 12 bars or 24 squares.
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